Irfan's SEA Games future in jeopardy


KUALA LUMPUR: National discus thrower Muhammad Irfan Shamsuddin’s chances of competing in the Singapore SEA Games in June will hinge on the outcome of a police investigation involving an alleged assault on fellow athlete A. Kavee Alagan.

Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim said they would not compromise on any athlete with disciplinary problems.

“Irfan has qualified on merit for the Games based on the qualifying mark set by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM). But whether he will be eligible to compete depends on the outcome of the investigations into an alleged fight with Kavee Alagan.

“The MAU will also view the feedback and recommendations of the National Sports Council (NSC),” said Karim after chairing a coaching committee meeting on Wednesday.

National high jumper Kavee Alagan had alleged that Irfan had knocked him unconscious in their room. He later lodged a police report at the Cheras police station.

Following the incident, the NSC asked both the athletes to vacate their room at the NSC hostel in Bukit Jalil. — Bernama

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